Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt like “the storm” (not you!) was driving the bus or steering the ship? Have you ever sensed that your life, career and relationships were out of control and coming apart at the seams? If you have ever felt that way you are in good company! I have felt that, the Apostle Paul felt that, in fact everyone I know has felt or will feel that way. When things seem to be coming unglued we often describe our life as a “total shipwreck”. The good news is that when the water gets wild, we need not throw in the towel. God’s word offers us some real hope and some real help!
This Sunday as we conclude our series called Shipwrecked: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do, we will learn how to make the best out of the worst possible situations. As we look at Acts 28:1-11 we will identify five things God’s guys need to know when they experience a shipwreck in their life. In addition, we will hear some great music and stories from our VBS crew who have been talking about this topic all week! It’s going to be a great Sunday, so be sure to join us.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. As we wind down the summer and ramp up for fall, we have a ton of exciting things on the horizon here at North Ridge. Thanks for your faithful prayers, service and sacrifice. You and your crew make this one special place.
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Acts 28:1–6 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
Acts 28:7-11a There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed. After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island…
1 Corinthians 12:21-22 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
Luke 14:5 Then He asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Luke 17:12-16 As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When He saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan.
2 Corinthians 8:11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it,